The Cambridges have zero in-person engagements scheduled until September

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It’s remarkable how little news, gossip and embiggening there has been about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the past week and a half. Basically, ever since Twitter ripped into Prince William after the Euro final, William and Kate have been quiet. I find it remarkable to see how Kate’s very special embiggening campaign just stopped short too – it really was Kate pushing all of that sh-t, you know? Kate and her mother were running their own PR operation out of Bucklebury, and when they want to go silent, they do and no one says sh-t. So where are Will and Kate? Why are we hearing so little from them? Well, post-Euro and post-Wimbledon, they always shut down “for the summer holiday.” And Hello Magazine recently noted that they don’t have anything on their schedule until September:

This is the start of the long summer holidays and the Cambridges were winding down in Norfolk last week after a hectic schedule of engagements since lockdown restrictions began to ease in the spring. Hello Magazine understands that while the couple are continuing to carry out some work meetings from home, they have no more face to face engagements scheduled until September. A holiday will also be on the cards this summer.

[From Hello Magazine, print edition, July 26, 2021]

Yeah. So, again, that’s why it’s been so quiet. Will and Kate are truly not around to push their “elegant Other Brother” and “Keenwell Buttons Linchpin” narratives ad nauseum. They’re on vacation. It’s still a little bit crazy to me that Will & Kate are still getting away with working so little. They’ve convinced people that they “deserve” a ten-week holiday of zero events and zero engagements after keeping up a brutal schedule of two events a week. But my question is… are they vacationing separately? It was just one month ago when we heard the massively curious story about Will and Kate “house-hunting” in Berkshire, which read to me like Kate setting up a separate household away from Norfolk and away from London.

A few other things to keep in mind… the Cambridges will be required to visit Balmoral at some point during their summer vacation, and I expect some stunt-queenery around that visit, however brief. And the British tabloids tend to get antsy during the summer months, so I’m also expecting some juicy stories subtly tugging at Will and Kate’s leash.

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  1. Hell Nah! says:

    Is ANYONE surprised to hear this? The entire RF is a frakkin’ farce.

    • Jane says:

      Yet all we hear about the Sussexes is how horribly lazy they are for taking time off after Meghan had Lili. WTF? I understand how the Cambridges want to take off while their children are on school holiday, but the rest of the world takes a couple weeks, not the whole damn summer.

    • CooCooCatchoo says:

      I feel like we see them more than we do, simply because the press – especially the RR – mentions them twelve thousand times a day, every day. Having said that, with the Delta variant spreading like it is, it’s probably best for them to stay home for a few months. They have little kids who can’t get vaccinated yet, and COVID seems to pop up at every event Wills and Keen attend.

      • Nic919 says:

        They were totally fine doing the covid choo choo tour in the winter in Scotland and Wales (mostly not masked) when neither was vaccinated and then another tour when only William had one dose. If they were actually concerned about giving covid to their kids they would not have done any of that.

        They are simply lazy and no one in power is calling them on their bs. They barely did one zoom call a week and are doing none right now.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    Lazy couple is lazy. In other news, water is wet.

  3. Chaine says:

    Watching tennis for a few days in designer togs is just so draining and exhausting.

  4. Inge says:

    No Mystique this year? And what hectic shedule?

    • Lori says:

      If they knew anything about PR they’d be off to St tropez on a mega yacht with Willz rubbing the suntan lotion on Buttons’ bum. But they don’t understand how much they need the loved up PR. Or are simply unwilling to do it.

      • Jais says:

        Eww omg @lori that picture you just put in my head! I can’t unsee it. But lol that would be funny.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        lol I do remember the long lens shot of him putting lotion on her on that balcony in France (wasn’t that the vacation they took, skipping out of the Olympics, saying they were “prepping” for their tour, and then she was papped topless??)

        I don’t think he’s touched her like that since.

      • Nic919 says:

        I was going to say that when they went to France and skipped the Paralympics pretending that they were going to prepare for their upcoming tour, they were caught on holiday and were acting similar to bennifer. But that’s the last time.

        The lawsuit about the long distance lenses was covered as her being topless but there was also reference to marital activities being caught on camera, which is likely why the fine awarded was on the higher end for that type of thing in France. Simply printing topless photos in Europe isn’t viewed quite the same as in North America and there have been similar photos of other royals published without lawsuits like this. It’s the other activities being captured in camera that stoked the issue, but the Uk media barely addressed that and you would have to read the French papers to see that aspect covered.

      • LMR says:

        Thanks for that vomit-tastic imagery Lori. I think Wimbledon is all the loved-up PR we will get out of these two.

  5. Becks1 says:

    Two months. they are taking at least two months off?!?!!? (from July 11 to whenever they start up again in September). Are they on family leave too and just not telling us!!?!?

    That’s absolutely outrageous. yes I know the Queen disappears to Balmoral for 6 weeks and that Charles disappears as well, but at least they actually work before that (well, royal work.) Charles and Camilla did their tour of Cornwall last week or the week before and that seemed more of a hectic schedule than what the Cambridges did in late june/early july, which was….attend soccer games and wimbledon.

    Nice work if you can get it, I guess.

    • Nic919 says:

      For the rest of the working royals it was August that they tended to take off and the Queen would head to balmoral then. The Cambridges have always started their holiday in mid July, usually not long after Wimbledon.
      But yes even the “work” they did prior to disappearing was not really work but watching sports.

    • Pao says:

      Does anybody know what the school holidays in the UK are like? Because maybe they are clearing their schedule for when the kids are home idk? 2 months is indeed long (especially since they have a live-in nanny) but maybe they feel comfortable not being seen because meghan and harry are with parental leave. And to be honest, harry has given the press a summer worth of gossip with the announcement of his memoir. So i think the keens are very happy that they can take these months off without to much criticism.

      • Becks1 says:

        That is usually the defense – that its because of school holidays that they disappear, but they did this before their kids were in school, and besides, they have multiple nannies.

        I don’t think this has anything to do with Harry and the memoir, they usually go quiet for a month or two every summer unless there is something “fun” planned (like the regatta in 2019).

      • Sofia says:

        The kids probably got off around early July (i don’t know their school calendar so I don’t have an exact date) and will head back around early September. 6 weeks off in Summer in the UK is pretty much standard but it can be bumped up to 7 or even 8 weeks for private school kids.

      • February-Pisces says:

        In the uk the summer hols are around 6 weeks starting from mid July to the first week in September.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Becks1, wait…I am still waiting for FFQ’s announcement, earlier this year, of her HUGE announcement of the very keen, very progressive, earth shattering, FFQ project that will make the Early Years Childhood program look like child’s play?
      Oh, that announcement of her earth shattering project that Keen was talking about for 3 solid weeks of HER upcoming groundbreaking work? Yes, the staff are searching for a project to coincide with her keen FFQ campaign.
      Got it!! AKA, complete and utter BS after her disastrous meeting with Dr. Biden.

    • The Recluse says:

      Must be nice to be able to afford so much time off to do so much more of nothing.
      I would go crazy if I were that idle.

  6. AVEA says:

    What are they “winding down” FROM exactly? It’s not like they’ve been working a lot during the pandemic. Or ever. They rely on the 70 year olds of the family to do the work for them

  7. Amy Bee says:

    Since Kate launched her early childhood centre there has been nothing about it since. Not even anything on who’s going to run it. This was really a vanity project aimed at making it look like Kate was working. She was probably pissed when Harry and Meghan left because she was made to do this project to appear like she was a serious person and to prevent Meghan from outshining her.

    • Harper says:

      We should place bets on when we will hear about this center next, if ever. It’s a scam.

      • Amy Bee says:

        A total sham. I’m betting we don’t hear about it again until the end of the year or start of 2022.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        I agree, Amy Bee. A statement (or a video that counts as an engagement) around December that Kate has a big announcement coming in the new year. Then something towards the end of January that they finally hired someone for the center and big, keen things are coming…sometime.

      • Carty says:

        They’ll start amping it up as soon as Meghan or Harry launch something. They always seem to be in a one sided competition with the Sussex.

      • Cee says:

        We’ll hear more about it when Maghan launches something impactful.

      • Nic919 says:

        She will “write” a letter about it in October.

  8. Jay says:

    I wouldn’t call the Cambridge’s schedule “hectic”, but I AM in favour of them going away, so… let’s call it a draw?

  9. Harper says:

    They do have in-person engagements: Kate: Dr to inject botox; stylist for hair color and cut; lunch with Pippa; tennis lessons with the pro; real estate agent in Bucklebury; interior designer for new single mom pad in Bucklebury. William: Rose gardening in Norfolk; discreet legal consultations in London; pints with Jason Knauf at the pub; weekend picnic to keep up appearances with the kids.

    • Over it says:

      She can lay off the Botox for a while, Chicka cheeks are over filled

    • Keri says:

      It looks like they quit photoshopping her pics. Her wrinkly hands are unfortunate. That does not look normal when she’s only 38/39? It might be the excessive tanning.

      • Lizzie says:

        I think it’s a weight issue. Not judging, just saying. That’s why she has heavy fillers in the face. Courtney Cox was criticized years ago and she said this is the face I get when I’m at the weight I like.

    • Sori says:

      Lately, I’ve been thinking she resembles Camilla Tominey.

  10. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    Doubt we’ll get another Flybe stunt again…shame. It was the only time we ever really saw TOBB doing physical labor (holding a case).

    • SueBarbri says:

      This. Can William even move at all? Of course, we’ve all had a good laugh about the video contrasting William and Harry on the obstacle course, but I went back through the years and I couldn’t find a photo or a video of William doing anything physical. It’s odd.

      • Kkat says:

        He played polo which he enjoyed. He dad danced with blondes, he held that tiny watering can. He “might” have watered something with it.

      • North of Boston says:

        Polo, maybe? But that’s kind of it in the last 6-8 years.

  11. Likeyoucare says:

    Willie is writing his own memoir during this holiday. Isn’t the last two weeks he said he wanted to beat harry on his own game or something.

    Khate is right now drawing her own cartoon animation for her Pearl animation project.

    • Merricat says:

      Here is William’s memoir:

      I was born heir to the throne. Everyone does what I tell them, or else. Harry didn’t do what I told him, and look what happened to him! Wait–

  12. S808 says:

    I know their staff is happy to working once every blue moon again.

  13. Over it says:

    I am sure I have said this before but I don’t understand why these papers keep saying they are now going on vacation. The do nothings keenbridges have been on vacation since the pandemic started, and haven’t left yet. And no I don’t consider showing up for 30 minutes once every two weeks to be work. It’s time to close shop with the British monarchy. They aren’t worth the paper they are printed on

  14. Lizzie says:

    How many headlines could we write that begin with ‘Cambridge’s have zero…’. Engagements, charm, savvy, interests, friends, talents, abilities, work ethic.

  15. Scorpion says:

    Now now, Future Kinging and Future Queening is hard work. Heavy lies the head 🤭

  16. Becks1 says:

    Oh and just to add – I think the lack of embiggening articles is because Kate was told to stand down in very strong terms. We haven’t really had one since the first soccer match, right? (the first one they attended.) There were some weird articles around the time of the statute unveiling but nothing significant IIRC – it definitely felt like William sidelining her for the unveiling was sending a message to the middletons.

    • Pao says:

      That could very well may be. I think its weird we haven’t read from the royal house of middleton. They haven’t trotted out Camilla Tominey either. But you could be right that she was told to stand down. And that the sidelining was because of the over the top pr. I do want a follow up on that house in berkshire story

    • L84Tea says:

      I agree with this theory. I think the Midd’s took it way too far with the statue unveiling and Kate got taken down a peg.

    • TabithaD says:

      Agreed. I think Carole took it WAY too far with the “why Diana was a terrible mother” story (in the week of the unveiling no less), and was shut down in no uncertain terms.
      The story about “future queen Kate (and her husband, whatever his name is)” won’t have helped.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think that story was a HUGE issue, especially since it came out right before the unveiling at the same time Kate was angling for a “private viewing” and I also think all of Uncle Gary’s interviews about “skipping Charles” probably did provoke some backlash at Clarence House, since Charles does still control the purse strings.

    • Merricat says:

      Agreed, and it was about damn time someone shut down the Middletons.

    • EllenOlenska says:

      ( deleted) Wrong spot

  17. JLD says:

    I mean, all of Europe and UK are on holidays, this is kind of non-news. That’s not to say they can’t be criticized more generally about their laziness – and they should be! But it’s de jure for UK/EU to take holiday in August. We tried to book a staycation in UK and prices have skyrocketed due to pandemic and not as many ppl travelling elsewhere. But that’s neither here nor there LOL.

    • Becks1 says:

      Holiday for all of July and August? When you barely work the rest of the year?

      I mean I know the US has insane work schedules, but even so….

      • lemonylips says:

        In EU people need to use up their holiday time, by law. I’m a freelancer but a lot of my friends who are differently employed needed to use last years leftover days and the ones they have for this part of the year. A lot of people, who are lucky enough and can afford it, do want to run away from the lockdown experience. Especially in green listed countries, even staycation vise.

      • Becks1 says:

        Oh I know the EU and probably most other countries on the planet have better vacation policies than the US lol (I have tons of PTO and could take several months off at this point in time but that’s bc I work for the government, but even though I “could” doing so would be unusual.)

        My point is more that these are not your average UK citizens and they are not putting in any kind of regular work week whatsoever so explaining their lack of work for two months straight by saying “well that’s just how it is” just gives them an easy out for their laziness.

        We had this same convo back in 2019 when Kate disappeared for a month or 6 weeks around the time of the Rose Hanbury rumors and people said “well her kids are on break, what do you expect?” For the working royal to actually….work?

      • lemonylips says:

        Sorry @Becks I didn’t mean to sound preachy or anything – just in case someone else was wondering about it :) And yeah, I mean Kate and Wills taking a break from hard work is always an infuriating subject.

      • Becks1 says:

        It’s okay LemonyLips, I just get salty when people from other countries talk about their great leave policies 😂

        (not really salty, more just flat out jealous, LOL)

      • Nic919 says:

        August tends to be the month when most Europeans take a long holiday, but with the Cambridges it is also July, December, January. April, etc.

        Also Kate needs time to decorate her new place in Buckleberry.

      • JLD says:

        Oh, I completely agree that they are very lazy and the Cambridges are taking the piss in terms of holiday/workload. My comment was more about August rather than July/August, as I didn’t realize they weren’t working in July either. That said, I’ve been taking it easy work wise, and not been working a regular work week since July, and many of my friends have also working not at full strength, if you will, for the past month, and we all are regular people. We aren’t living paycheck to paycheck but we also aren’t rolling in it. Just regular middle class jobs. That’s not to say every MC person is like us – I also know gov’t people who’ve been working flat out due to the pandemic, and people in other middle class industries who are also working actual full time hours. I’m just saying it’s not unrealistic to be holidaying for 2 months. And if you’re rich in England, nevermind royal, it’s definitely not unrealistic.

  18. taris says:

    they can be gone for a whole year and, honestly, noone would notice. it’s not like with a certain other royal couple who have rarely been seen all year and yet the press is practically drooling to see them and their babies.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ taris, more like frothing like a rabid dog….and expecting absolute demands and “control” over the children of Harry and Meghans children.

  19. Athena says:

    Maybe Will was at his cousin’s wedding in Italy. Rose H was there and she was not looking emancipated in that black evening dress. She may have put on a pound or two since the trump visit and it looks well on her.

    I’m sure Will, Kate and the children are in California right now, as Kate said, they couldn’t wait to meet Lilibet. A chance for Will to apologize to Meghan, for the brothers to mend their differences, for the sister in laws to get to know each other away from public scrutiny and for the children to hang out together. Louis will absolutely love his little cousin Archie. This will include a side trip to Disneyland and a redo of that picture of Diana with the boys on a water-log ride which when released by Kate will cause endless speculation from the RR.
    (just kidding folks)

    • Pao says:

      If he was we would have definitely heard it by now, most likely even gotten a pap shot. So i think he wasn’t there. And i didn’t know that rose hanbury was there? Im going to look it up.

    • Sofia says:

      Was that actually her? I’ve seen that picture and while it could be her, it also doesn’t look like her. And I doubt William was there. We would have heard something if he was.

      • anotherlily says:

        I think it was her. She was escorted by a bearded man. Most of the guests were not identified.

    • Jaded says:

      I think you mean emaciated (thin)… not “emancipated” which means free from legal, social, or political restrictions; i.e. liberated.

      Haven’t seen any photos of Rose Hanbury at the wedding, and she’s not listed among the guests.

    • Lizzie says:

      I know you are joking but I kind of wish they were in CA. The kids would love it, Will could make some sort of credible excuse for his behavior (blame the courtiers) and the backstabbing could stop.

  20. GRUEY says:

    This seems risky. The Sussexes are going to be out of sight for awhile longer for baby leave, and there’s no looming Sussex-attended event to write about. Kate better be ready to release another “Cuties” calendar or something to feed the beast…

  21. Sofia says:

    I imagine they’re in Mustique or somewhere in the Caribbean right now. Or will be soon.

  22. UnionSnack says:

    Come on, do you, guys, know how much engagements W&K had in July? According to CC:

    W had 5 (five) working days which included 2 euro 2020 games, Wimbledon, polo match, 1 meeting w/ Knauf and 1 meeting about Earthshort.

    K had working days which included 3 Wimbledon games, 1 euro 2020 game, one meeting w Knauf and once they attended BIG TEA for NHS staff.

    That’s hecking it. What a busy July it was!

    • UnionSnack says:

      K had four working days*

    • Becks1 says:

      @unionsnack except Kate didn’t even attend the Big Tea, remember she pulled out of that because she was “self-isolating?”

      ETA but that’s hilarious if they are still counting it for Kate!

      • UnionSnack says:

        Ooops, lol, sorry, yes, Becks, you’re right as usual – my bad! They really put Will’s engagement at her list!! Then she had just 3 working days – hilarious. And I want to add that we are counting days – but if we count working hours it will be disastrous.

    • Nic919 says:

      If they are giving her credit for something she never attended, it is one more sign of how they try to hide the laziness. The CC should at least attempt to be accurate so I am surprised they did this. Normally the engagements for them show up after they are done so there is no excuse for this.

      • Becks1 says:

        Okay I went and looked, her name is not listed on the engagement but it is listed under her name (if you search by Duchess of Cambridge that pops up, so someone going through to count will probably count it.)

      • UnionSnack says:

        I kinda believe it was a *mistake* – but tbh I find it unprofessional. I am not a web-master but even for me managing sites was not that hard. i am pretty sure communication managers (or whoever is in charge for site) don’t need to learn HTML or java or C++. And that’s so strange – as well as strange Lili’s late addition to the succession line and that Meg’s bio still not edited. For sure Meg was attacked by courtiers but also I think unprofessional british royals hire unprofessional people for the roles in their households except maybe some *domestic* staff – chefs, nannys etc. Bc they only think about themselves and care about themselves (good food, clean rooms) and don’t give any heck about their duties.

        Becks is right, I read quickly and didn’t notice that there was no name of Keen Kween.

  23. Amelia says:

    “It’s remarkable how little news, gossip and embiggening there has been about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the past week and a half”

    And it’s been wonderful!

  24. Elle says:

    It’s simple
    This holiday is for her to get her face done
    While he gets with other women 🤷🏻‍♀️

  25. Hanna says:

    A quick tarot reading – entertainment purposes only.

    Why cambriges take two month holiday ??

    All these reading is based on my intuition.

    1. Justice – finally something happening in will’s favor.

    2. 6 of wands – victory
    Cl- the star – dream coming true
    Cl – the knight of pentacles- reliable but slow moving
    Cl- 3 of wand – moving forward with something
    Cl – 8 of wands – travel or some information.
    Cl – 8 of cups – walking away or separating from relationship.

    3. Judgement – judgement by people
    Cl- the hierophant – the Institution or brf
    Cl – two of pentacles – they are juggling about something
    Cl – ace of wand – affair (will)
    Cl – knight of swords – swords mostly abt communication. So affair is leaking finally in uk press.
    Cl – three of cups – gossips
    Cl – ten of swords – betrayed by someone.

    4. Page of wands – children.

    5. 5 of swords – I will win at all cost
    Cl- the hanged man – patience
    Cl – 7 of swords- doing things in secrets .

    6. 5 of pentacles ( this is popping up for cambriges lately ) – either someone is cut off financially or cutting off from bad relationship.
    Cl – the world – completion and karma
    Cl – 9 of swords – anxiety and stress
    Cl – knight of wands – moving fast
    Cl – three of swords – heartbroken
    ( this is Kate energy)

    7. King of cup ( will , cancer ) – in upright powerful position
    Cl – 4 of swords – taking rest .
    Cl – 9 fo cups – wish fulfillment
    Cl – two of cups (rose)

    Finally message
    Moon – secrets
    The devil – toxic relationship checked out google image
    6 of swords – moving away
    The tower – disaster is unavoidable.

    Ps I think they will finally separate not divorce and live as separate like queen and Philip.

  26. Over it says:

    Why does Kate look so stuck up in that top picture? She looks like a literal B, like don’t talk or look at me peasants

  27. Sunnyvale says:

    So basically the Dolittles are back to their old ways(which they never really stopped)🙄must be nice knowing that your deal with the toxic gutter UK press protects you from any scrutiny

  28. J ferber says:

    Yes, a “hectic” schedule. I’ve trained myself after our fascist former guy to stop reading once I spot a lie. The hectic schedule stopped me dead in my tracks.

  29. russianblue says:

    Of course they don’t. Why would they? It’s not like they have to work for a living like us plebeians. All they have to do is watch some sports and half-heartedly condemn social issues, and people will still argue that they have a god-given right to sit on their asses in opulence.

    By the way, has anyone else noticed the trend of Kate disparaging in the Daily Express over the past few days? We’ve had stories about how the Queen thought Kate was unsuitable for William; how Kate will have a ‘hellish’ 2022; how Kate playing mediator between Harry and William may only make things worse. Meanwhile there’s been a piece about William being ‘regal and attractive’.

    Is William’s PR camp trying to turn the narrative against Kate? If this is a coordinated effort, it definitely lends support to the theory that a separation or divorce is imminent. I wonder if this has anything to do with their lack of engagements (though knowing them, it could easily just be plain old laziness).

    • Becks1 says:

      I just popped over to the Express and the only specifically Kate story i could see was very weird – like so weird I hope we talk about it tomorrow, all about how Kate wasn’t accepted by William’s friends and thats why they broke up in 2007 and her family is just not quite of the same class etc.

      Why have that story out now, in 2021, about how Kate was treated in 2007?

      • russianblue says:

        Becks1 I just read the article that you were referring to (I assume it was the one titled ‘Kate Middleton felt ‘isolated and abandoned’ in the Royal Family’) and I agree that it was very odd. Why unearth all of this old info now?

        I also noticed another Express article published today with an anti-Kate stance, titled “Queen had severe doubts over Kate’s suitability for William: ‘Grave concerns’”. It piqued my interest because it brings up a few common criticisms of Kate – chiefly that she was/is lazy and has little identity of her own. It also cites claims that both the Queen and Camilla spoke negatively about Kate prior to her wedding. Again, what is the purpose of bringing this old criticism to light in 2021? Very, very weird, and I also hope that we discuss it tomorrow.

      • Layla says:

        @Becks1 @russianblue could it be possible that the writers (and maybe even the palace in colab with the tabloids) are trying to gaslight Meghan and say “look we write horrible stuff about Kate too, but she’s sucking up and baring it”? Because I find it very hard to believe that the papers that were licking Kate’s boots whilst bashing at and ripping Meghan apart would suddenly start to turn on Kate again.

      • Merricat says:

        Layla, they used to focus their criticism on Kate until Meghan arrived. There’s nothing complicated about it. Meghan is gone, so Kate gets the focus again. Classic Be Careful What You Wish For.

  30. J ferber says:

    Russian blue, the royal couple’s laziness may not be a strong enough glue to hold them together. Much less durable than love, for instance.

  31. RoyalBlue says:

    I will not be surprised if a separation is on the horizon.

  32. EllenOlenska says:

    Oh ye of little faith…of course the FFQ will be announcing the next stage of her groundbreaking work…standing in front of the Diana statue at Kensington Palace…and then she will go shopping. Will will do nothing…he’s thinking big king thoughts using his big brain…